March 08, 2020

#BookReview: Purgatory Bay (Bleak Harbor #2) by Bryan Gruley

Synopsis: Twelve years ago, her life was torn apart. Now those who wronged her will pay.

Jubilee Rathman is a straight-A student and star soccer goalie destined for Princeton—until her family is brutally murdered. Twelve years later, she lives in a virtual fortress on Purgatory Bay near Bleak Harbor, plotting revenge on the people she considers responsible.

In her crosshairs is former reporter Michaela “Mikey” Deming, who Jubilee believes got her family in trouble with the Detroit mob. As retribution, Jubilee kidnaps Mikey’s sister and daughter, and that’s just the start in her ruthless quest for justice.

Bleak Harbor police chief Katya Malone, still reeling from her failure to find a kidnapped boy, leads the investigation. She’s determined to keep history from repeating, but Jubilee is more cunning than Malone can imagine.

All Mikey and Katya can do is follow Jubilee’s dangerous trail of clues. But in Bleak Harbor, nothing is what it seems, and no one can be trusted. As an ominous end draws ever nearer, the women must face the misdeeds of the past to find the kidnapping victims before it’s too late.


Rating: ★★★★
My Review: I read book one of this forever and I really have to tell you that I don't really remember anything.  This book two though was very good.  This story really reminded me of stories such as the Punisher, Peppermint, etc.  Those stories where one person is seeking revenge upon those who have killed their families.  I spend time reading this book trying to figure out how it was going to end. 

“One crazy ride.” Kirkus Reviews
“A fiendish quest for revenge drives Gruley’s tense second thriller.” Publishers Weekly
“Gruley has crafted a dark, complex novel with an equally complex and often empathetic villain. Perfect reading for cold, gray days.” Booklist
“Any thriller in which the villain is motivated by the writings of Flannery O’Connor is not to be dismissed. And Purgatory Bay plugs neatly into the history of bureaucratic corruption, land schemes, dysfunctional families, and grudge matches Gruley has sketched out in previous efforts. The new novel beckons readers to come on in, even if the water’s not so fine.” Chicago Tribune
“Gruley is a fine writer who flashes real talent at bringing his picturesque settings to life. A natural storyteller, his latest grabs readers early and pulls ’em in—and offers a few twists along the way.” —The Real Book Spy
“Jubilee Rathman is one of the most engrossing characters in recent memory.” The Big Thrill
“An intense and powerful read. Very much worth your time.” Kevin’s Corner Book Reviews
“An impressively original, deftly crafted, and thoroughly absorbing read from first page to last, Purgatory Bay is a compelling and highly recommended novel for community library Mystery/Suspense collections.” —Midwest Book Review
“Gruley combines the instincts of a journalist with the intuition of a novelist, skillfully contrasting the timeliness of technological advancements with the time-tested provocations for murder and martyrdom. This one is hard to put down—and even harder to forget.” —Criminal Element
“As always, Bryan Gruley’s characters are as complex as his plots—with no one being completely good or bad. It is the new character of Jubilee Rathman readers will find themselves drawn to—she’s multifaceted and fascinating, while never becoming a caricature.” BOLO Books
“Bryan Gruley’s Purgatory Bay is a suspenseful and complex adventure filled with fascinating characters, including a cunning and vengeful villain who made my skin crawl. An exciting read with a satisfying ending!” —T.R. Ragan, New York Times bestselling author of the Lizzy Gardiner series
Purgatory Bay is a knockout! Bryan Gruley has populated this eerie story with a cast of characters who range from menacing to heroic and together create a whirlwind of momentum that makes this one impossible to put down.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly
“A gripping contemporary story of revenge, with scenes accelerating like heartbeats from the grave to its emotional, pulse-pounding conclusion.” —Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author
“With the enigmatic skill of a guide returning to a place both mysterious and dangerous, Bryan Gruley invites readers back to the world he created in Bleak HarborPurgatory Bay is a complex, persecuting and captivating tale. Once again, Gruley creates a fascinatingly twisted family saga that braids the weight of guilt with the torment of grief and the glimmer of hope.” —Amber Cowie, author of Rapid Falls and Raven Lane

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